American Military News by Jim Thompson - Northwest Florida Daily News April 27, 2021
A CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from a wing of the Hurlburt Field-headquartered Air Force Special Operations Command demolished the helicopter landing pad at a British hospital during training operations on Wednesday.
There were no injuries in the incident and no aircraft were damaged, according to the U.S. Air Force.
The CV-22 Osprey, from the 352nd Special Operations Wing (SOW) at RAF Mildenhall, a Royal Air Force station near Suffolk, was conducting medical transfer training at Addenbrooke’s Hospital at the time of the incident, according to Air Force Maj. Keavy Rake, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Air Force Host Nation Coordinating Cell (HNCC) at RAF Mildenhall. The HNCC works with local officials across a range of issues.
According to a late Friday morning (U.S. Central Daylight Time) statement from the HNCC, the training was arranged “to assist in providing local forces with a casualty evacuation capability.” The training marked the first time the 352nd SOW had conducted training at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital helipad, according to the HNCC statement.